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No RIP for paper yet

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Yo, Will, congrats

Beyond books

Cool, way cool:

Forget what you know about the library of the 20th century. You know, those dark places with clunky microform machines fossilizing in the basement and with rows of encyclopedias standing, perfectly alphabetized, in denial of their obsolescence.

Short and sweet

Congratulations to Alice Munro:

Alice Munro, the renowned Canadian short-story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small-town existence and the fallibility of memory, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Ms. Munro, 82, is the 13th woman to win the prize.

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And the price is right, too

Never would have guessed it:

You know the saying “There’s a Starbucks on every corner”? Turns out there might be more free books on city blocks than those pricy coffees.

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Paperback righter



I JUST noticed something strange on Wikipedia. It appears that gradually, over time, editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. So far, female authors whose last names begin with A or B have been most affected, although many others have, too.

Where in the book are you?

As someone who now consumes about half his reading material with dead-tree editions and half with e-readers, I found this interesting:

Little Big Way

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Book report

An interesting perspective -- "You don't own your Kindle books, Amazon reminds customer":

On a dark and stormy night, an employee of your local bookstore strolls into your home, starts tossing books you'd purchased over the last few years into a box, and — despite your protest — takes them all away without saying a word.